Capacity Building & Education

Event: Cambodia's Second GEF National Dialogue to Share Lessons, Identify GEF-6 Priorities [viewed]

Cambodia's Second Global Environmental Facility (GEF) National Dialogue brings together government agencies, civil society organizations, academia, the private sector and GEF Agencies to take stock of Cambodia's GEF Portfolio and share lessons from the Fourth and Fifth GEF Replenishments (GEF-4 and GEF-5). Participants will also learn about GEF strategies, policies and procedures and identify GEF-6 priorities and processes through a multi-stakeholder process.  

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Event: GEF Familiarization Seminar on GEF-5 Activities [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Familiarization Seminar will review strategies, programs, policies and procedures of the Fifth GEF Replenishment (GEF-5) through interactive sessions drawing from a diversity of participant perspectives. The seminar is targeted for new GEF Agency personnel, new operational focal points and selected convention focal points.

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Ramsar Announces Mangrove Rehabilitation Project in the Marshall Islands [viewed]

16 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has reported on an upcoming mangrove rehabilitation and replanting project in two of the Marshall Islands' wetlands of international importance, Namdrik and Jaluit Atolls. 

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UNESCO, Samsung to Develop Training Material on Education for Sustainable Development in Viet Nam [viewed]

8 January 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a US$1 million two-year project to develop, pilot and distribute multimedia teacher-training materials on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Viet Nam. The project is funded by Samsung and focuses on climate change responses, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and biodiversity at the primary school level.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for South America [viewed]

Expanded Constituency Workshops (ECW) bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues, lessons learned and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this ECW include Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central America, Mexico and Venezuela [viewed]

Expanded Constituency Workshops (ECW) bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues, lessons learned and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this Expanded Constituency Workshop for include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela.  

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Sixth Edition of Ramsar Convention Manual Released [viewed]

14 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) has released the sixth edition of the Ramsar Convention Manual, which was first published in 1994 and has since been periodically updated.

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Event: CBD Workshop on the Inter-Linkages between Human Health and Biodiversity in Africa [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO regional office for Africa, this regional capacity-building workshop will provide a forum for parties and experts from the health and biodiversity sectors to: discuss the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, in particular as it relates to health issues; discuss regional best practices in terms of incorporating biodiversity and health considerations in national and regional biodiversity conservation programmes; strengthen capacity and identify further capacity needs for the implementation of the Strategic Plan; identify possible joint activities to achieve health and biodiversity co-benefits for consideration in national biodiversity strategies and action plans; and promote trans-boundary/regional cooperation and support networks on health and biodiversity issues and strategies.  

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WorldFish Promotes Community-based Aquatic Agricultural Systems in Solomon Islands [viewed]

8 January, 2013: The Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has launched a series of stakeholder consultations in the Solomon Islands aiming to build partnerships and community leadership in the development of sustainable AAS.

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UNESCO Calls for Candidates for Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management [viewed]

January 2013: UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme has issued a call for the Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management, awarded every two years to a selected case study on biosphere reserve management in line with the recommendations of the Seville Strategy for Biosphere Reserves.

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